Living In Italy: Hilarious Expat Adventures - How To Survive The Good Life by Stef Smulders

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Read Living In Italy: Hilarious Expat Adventures - How To Survive The Good Life Online Free - Would you dare to follow your dream and move or retire to Italy? Stef & Nico did, although their dog Sara had her doubts. Now from your comfortable armchair you can share in the hilarious & horrendous adventures they experienced when they moved to Italy to start a bed and breakfast.

For lovers of amusing travelogue memoirs who like a good laugh. And for those interested in practical advice on how to buy a house in Italy there is useful information along the way, pleasantly presented within the short stories.

Glossary of Italian words and expressions included!

Reader Views 2016/17 Literary Awards Winner
Readers Favorite 2017 Award Winner Travel category
Eric Hoffer Award Finalist
2017 ELIT Award Winner Travel category
New York & Amsterdam Book Festival Honourable Mentions

☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️ 4.4 Average Amazon Customer Review (100+ reviews)!

Ever thought about moving to Italy? Think again. And do it anyway.

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Did you like "Under the Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes? Then this another great read for you. The story is situated in the beautiful but unknown Oltrepò Pavese wine region south of Milan. With its smooth hills, medieval castles, ancient villages and endless vineyards it is called the Tuscany of the North of Italy. Read the stories and discover another hidden gem of Italy!

Readers' Favorite 5 stars review:
"A thoroughly entertaining read and a unique introduction to ‘the Italian way’!"

In 2008 the author emigrated to Italy, bringing husband and dog along, to start Bed & Breakfast Villa I Due Padroni. But a lot of hurdles had to be taken before the first guests could be accommodated.

In this book Stef reports about his adventures in buying and reconstructing the house, obtaining a tax number and a bank account, registering at the commune and at the national health service, importing their car and a range of other things that led to a myriad of bureaucratic troubles. These problems were always resolved in a truly Italian fashion, leading to raised Dutch eyebrows and hilarious scenes.

About mafiose real estate agents, Mussolini-type builders, lousy plumbers, Italian neighbours and much more!

As a reader you will encounter a range of characteristic Italians, from sympathetic to villainous, from moving to shameless. Real Italians of flesh and blood, sometimes cliché, sometimes surprisingly original. But always worth encountering.

Readers' Favorite:
"a comical, often downright hilarious account"
"Stef writes in a style all his own that keeps you riveted and thoroughly entertained."
"the true essence of the Italian people without falling into the usual stereotypes"

Title : Living In Italy: Hilarious Expat Adventures - How To Survive The Good Life
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ISBN : 1507162960
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 280 pages


Miriam rated it ★★★★★

May 13, 2017

Wow, what an adventure that was! I actually felt like it was me who bought a house in the beautiful wine region of Oltrepo in Italy and developed it into a Bed and Breakfast! I felt so involved in all the stages of the intricate procedures and building activities! "Living in Italy - The Real Drea...

Diane rated it ★★★★☆

May 18, 2017

Well, if I ever get to the Lombardy region of Italy, this is where I'll stay. Great views, great food, friendly innkeepers, one of whom is the author of this book. Stef and his husband Nico go to Italy for 6 months so Stef can get his master's degree at the University of Pravia. They fall in love...

Toni rated it ★★★★★

January 01, 2018

I am enamored with Italy. I enjoyed reading about the adventures of the author, Stef Smulders, and his partner, Nico, in opening a bed and breakfast in Italy. I have read a few other books that detail the challenges of moving to this beautiful country. This one provided delightful evidence that i...

Randal rated it ★★★★★

August 18, 2017

The author has written a very humorous account of he and his partner's purchase of a property in Italy, and the development of it into a bed and breakfast. I laughed out loud several times while reading it, and marveled at the patience they had dealing with the Italian bureaucracy, neighbors, and...

Yvonne rated it ★★★★★

November 13, 2017

I was curious when I read the synopsis, of how Stef and Nico left The Netherlands to live in Italy running a B&B. I had resisted the temptation to visit the website to see the before and after pictures, though I had seen a glimpse of them. I wanted to read this book and build up my own image...

Candy rated it ★★★★☆

September 24, 2017

What a delight! Stef Smulders keeps his wits about him in the middle of his escapade of turning a house in the countryside into a beautiful bed and breakfast. Stef's humor seemed to help. This is definitely an entertaining look at a couple who decides to go after their dream with everything they...

Linda rated it ★★★★☆

October 04, 2017

This is a well written journal style non-fiction tale of a couple of Dutch ex-pats, Stef and Nico, who decide to take the plunge and buy a run down house in what sounds like a beautiful part of Italy and create their new life as B&B owners. With a smattering knowledge of the language they neg...

Dog_lover555 rated it ★★★★☆

September 29, 2017

A delightful and hilarious book that made me wish I could be in Italy right now. This is the first book of its kind that I have read and it has made me excited to read more from this genre.

Marla rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2017

Ever since Under the Tuscan Sun, I have thought that is my other life, my intended life. But after reading this book, I don't think I want to purchase an old house in Italy that needs work. This book made me realize that Italy is what I always thought it was, a relaxed, easy going culture where e...

Leo rated it ★★★★☆

March 26, 2017

It is not exactly ‘La Dolce Vita,’ if you want to relocate to a different country and open a B&B. This is what Dutch author Stef Smulders and his partner found out and wrote a book about it. The couple faced more complications than expected during their move from the Netherlands to northern I...

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